BC Culture Days has announced the winners of the 2017 Ambassador and Awards program. Each ambassador will be awarded $1,000 towards the production of their own Culture Days activity and will act as a spokesperson for BC Culture Days, leading up to the Culture Days weekend September 29, 30, and October 1.
Besides activating their local arts, culture, and heritage communities, ambassadors will be engaging the public in discussions around arts and culture and encouraging them to participate behind the scenes with B.C. artists, curators, heritage experts, creators and other creative people over the Culture Days weekend.
Read a little about Lyn to understand why the BC Culture Days Steering Committee selected her to join six others for this conveted position:
Lyn Verra Lay
Lyn’s life has always revolved around the arts. Coming from a family of musicians and crafters, she built an arts-rich life in BC. Lyn put her art education from Douglas College and Kwantlen Polytechnic to use – sharing her love for the arts with youngsters during her fifteen years in early childhood education. She has worked for nearly two decades at the Surrey Arts Centre. In 2015, Lyn became the coordinator for the Youth Arts Council of Surrey; a great opportunity for mentoring youth in literary, performing, and visual arts. When she’s not working in the arts, Lyn’s producing and performing in community theatre, and has won multiple awards for singing and dancing. Lyn is passionate about connecting with community and she believes that art is the hub where we can all meet.
The six other Ambassadors are: Rob Brown, Jocelyn Petit, Roxanne Charles, David Jones, Priscilla Johann Maurice and Bobby Bovenzi. “We’re very fortunate to have such a talented and engaged group of artists representing BC Culture Days this year. We’re all very excited to be working together to bring attention to the importance of arts and culture in our communities,” Nazanin Shoja, BC Culture Days Manager.
Culture Days raises the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities. It is a collaborative movement dedicated to providing free, hands-on, and interactive arts and culture activities to cities and towns across Canada.